Mark McGowan FINALLY lets his own citizens return home after easing border restrictions with NSW 

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Mark McGowan FINALLY lets his own citizens return home after easing border restrictions with NSW

  • WA residents currently out of the state will finally be allowed back home
  • Premier Mark McGowan announced an easing of the restrictions with NSW
  • Certain categories of WA resident will be allowed to return under conditions 
  • A negative Covid test, full vaccination and home quarantine will be required
  • Mr McGowan said a ‘transition’ roadmap for the state will be released on Friday 


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West Australian Premier Mark McGowan will finally let some of his state’s residents return home after easing border restrictions with NSW.

Certain exempted residents currently out of the state will be able to return home from 12.01am this Saturday.

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Mr McGowan said NSW will be downgraded from extreme risk to high risk, based on health advice. 

‘Western Australia is now in a position to slightly ease our border restrictions with NSW,’ Mr McGowan said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

‘A number of safeguards will still be in place to give greater certainty to West Australians who are approved travellers entering from NSW so they can do so safely.’

Mr McGowan announced a ‘transition plan’ for reopening the state would be released this Friday. 

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'Western Australia is now in a position to slightly ease our border restrictions with NSW,' Mr McGowan said at a press conference on Wednesday morning

‘Western Australia is now in a position to slightly ease our border restrictions with NSW,’ Mr McGowan said at a press conference on Wednesday morning

Certain categories of 'approved traveller' will be permitted to enter Western Australia from Saturday, but tight Covid restrictions remain

Certain categories of ‘approved traveller’ will be permitted to enter Western Australia from Saturday, but tight Covid restrictions remain

To be given an exemption to enter WA from NSW, approved travellers include certain senior government officials. certain members of the military, people carrying out ‘certain specialist functions’ and some people involved in matters approved by the state’s emergency co-ordinator.

‘The final category includes those West Australians that may have travelled to NSW recently, have roots in WA, and have a legitimate right to return subject to relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence,’ Mr McGowan said.

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Exempted travellers must also be fully vaccinated, provide proof of a negative Covid test 72 hours before arrival and complete 14 days of home quarantine.

They must also undergo a further Covid test within 48 hours of arriving back in WA and on day 12. 

Mr McGowan said the requirement of full vaccination to enter WA applied to all medium, high and extreme risk jurisdictions from this Friday.

‘The same requirement comes into effect for low-risk jurisdictions on November 15,’ he said.  

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Victoria remained ‘extreme risk’, while the ACT is considered ‘medium’.

Quarantine-free travel to the state remained possible for ‘low-risk’ states – Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. 

Health care workers are seen checking passengers arriving from Sydney at Perth Airport. 'If the health advice changes we will not hesitate to do what is required to keep West Australians safe,' WA Premier Mark McGowan said

Health care workers are seen checking passengers arriving from Sydney at Perth Airport. ‘If the health advice changes we will not hesitate to do what is required to keep West Australians safe,’ WA Premier Mark McGowan said

‘If the health advice changes we will not hesitate to do what is required to keep West Australians safe,’ Mr McGowan said. 

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The premier said a super vaccination weekend effort will take place this weekend with no appointment required at clinics and hubs. 

West Australia’s vaccination rate of those aged 12 or over is now 78.7 per cent having received a first dose, with 62.8 per cent now fully vaccinated. 

Mr McGowan also announced a $400million funding boost for WA hospitals to ‘cope with when Covid gets here next year’. 

The WA premier continues to resist calls to fully open WA borders to states such as NSW and Victoria, despite their high vaccination rates and cases dropping rapidly in NSW.  

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‘The NSW position is that Covid is just everywhere,’ he said on Monday. ‘It’s in most communities, it’s certainly rife in the city.

‘Here in WA, we don’t have it at all – at all. Therefore we have a virtually unique opportunity to get to very high levels of vaccination before such a time as we allow Covid to come in.’

Yesterday racegoers hit Mr McGowan with a barrage of angry comments at a Perth horserace on Melbourne Cup Day

Yesterday racegoers hit Mr McGowan with a barrage of angry comments at a Perth horserace on Melbourne Cup Day

Yesterday racegoers hit Mr McGowan with a barrage of angry comments at a Perth horserace on Melbourne Cup Day – prompting his security to pull at least one punter aside. 

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‘Build back better! How much did the new world order pay you?’ one male crowd member can be heard yelling at Mr McGowan in a clip shared to TikTok on Tuesday.  

While West Australians have enjoyed no lockdowns and the state has been booming thanks to the mining sector, Mr McGowan’s recently announced widespread vaccine mandates have angered many.

‘Mr McGowan did not get the warm reception he hoped for,’ the caption to the clip reads.

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